Dorazio enters his 41st year of coaching, his 16th CFL campaign and 11th with the Lions as offensive line coach.
Last year, the Lions surrendered a league-low 30 sacks, the second consecutive season the club has held down the number one ranking. Anchored by All-Canadian and CFL Most Outstanding Lineman Jovan Olafioye, Dan’s crew also helped lead the way to a CFL-best 6.1-yard average rush.
In the past two seasons, Dan’s legendary coaching techniques have resulted in six West Division All-Star selections for Angus Reid, Jovan Olafioye and Ben Archibald.
Dan’s professional coaching career began in Calgary in 1998 as the Stamps’ offensive line coach. He enjoyed five successful seasons in Calgary (1998-2002) and earned two Grey Cup Championships (’98,’01).
Upon joining the Lions in 2003, Dan’s experience helped the club establish the second-highest total of passing yards (6,335) and third-highest total of net yards (7,726) in its history. A key part of numerous offensive staffs both as a position coach and coordinator, Dan has enjoyed six trips to the Grey Cup, winning four times and has tutored some of the CFL’s best linemen including Calgary’s Fred Childress as well as former Lion Rob Murphy and current Leo Jovan Olafioye.
Dan has also overseen offences that resulted in record-setting performances including Joe Smith’s 1,510-yard performance in 2007 which established a new club mark.
For the past nine years, Dan has lent his time and expertise to the advancement of Canadian university football as a coach at the CIS’ annual East-West Bowl.
Dan’s lengthy coaching career began in 1972 as a student assistant at Kent State. He would eventually earn the role of coaching the team’s tight ends in 1974 before moving to the University of Hawaii in 1975 where he remained until 1977. The following season he joined the staff at San Jose State for one year before continuing his coaching career at the University of Washington in 1979.
Dan would eventually make stops in Northern Iowa (1980-‘81), Georgia Tech (1982-‘83), Washington (1984-‘88), Holy Cross (1989-‘91) and the University of Maryland (1992-’96). Dan’s final season in the college ranks before moving to the CFL was at Boston University in 1997.
Dan hails from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Kent State in 1974 with an Education degree. He and his wife Lisa live in Abbotsford, BC. Dan has two children, Daniel and Marisa.